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Yes we can: Ahmadinejad steals Obama's slogan while rival fields his Michelle in Iranian election
Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | June 11, 2009 | Liz Hazelton

Posted on 06/11/2009 11:57:59 AM PDT by Schnucki

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad faces a fierce fight to hang on to the Iranian presidency as the country prepares to go to the polls tomorrow.

In a bid to secure a second term, the hardline leader has even appropriated Barack Obama's slogan 'Yes we can' to see off competition from main rival Mirhossein Mousavi, who has been gaining ground.

The use of the phrase, the most potent political statement of recent years, should perhaps not come as a shock even if it originates from the land Iran's one-time leader dubbed The Great Satan.

What is surprising is the very real feeling on the febrile streets of Tehran that the president, long viewed as a dangerous extremist by the West, is finally in danger of being toppled by the ballot box.

There was little initial enthusiasm for the election among the 70million Iranians who vote tomorrow.

But as the race to be president wore on - and interest grew - the contest developed more bizarre parallels with the American political landscape than many would like to admit.

Its mass rallies, rabble-rousing speeches and, not least, the emergence of a woman dubbed Iran's Michelle Obama have something of the same grandeur and spectacle.

Zahra Rahnavard, the wife of Ahmadinejad's main opponent Mirhossein Mousavi, has already become an unlikely figurehead for his supporters.

Mousavi and cleric Mehdi Karoubi are both reformists who favour change in a country renown for its religious conservatism.

Their message - that it is time for change - has been particularly welcomed by millions of young people, who make up a heavy section of the population.

As campaigning drew to a close before tomorrow's vote, hundreds of thousands once more gathered at epic political rallies in Tehran.

Ahmadinejad, who is seeking a second four-year term as president, used his final address

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: ahmadinejad; gooniegoogoo; iran; obama

1 posted on 06/11/2009 11:58:00 AM PDT by Schnucki
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To: Schnucki

An idea can’t be good if even mullah stooges adopt it.


2 posted on 06/11/2009 11:58:55 AM PDT by SolidWood (Palin: "We do not want to become slaves of Washington.")
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To: Schnucki

Great photos at site.


3 posted on 06/11/2009 12:00:54 PM PDT by keats5 (Not all of us are hypnotized.)
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To: Schnucki

Ahmonameanjihad?


4 posted on 06/11/2009 12:01:28 PM PDT by xcamel (The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. - H. L. Mencken)
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To: keats5
BTW here is Ahmadinejad's wife...


5 posted on 06/11/2009 12:01:55 PM PDT by SolidWood (Palin: "We do not want to become slaves of Washington.")
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To: Schnucki

Hot Persian Bump

6 posted on 06/11/2009 12:03:15 PM PDT by xcamel (The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. - H. L. Mencken)
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To: Schnucki
Zahra Rahnavard


7 posted on 06/11/2009 12:03:17 PM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: SolidWood

Israel to Nutjob:
WE CAN bomb you back to the stone age!


8 posted on 06/11/2009 12:05:22 PM PDT by outhousepatrol
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To: SolidWood

She’s lovely.


9 posted on 06/11/2009 12:05:53 PM PDT by keats5 (Not all of us are hypnotized.)
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To: Schnucki

When’s the election? My money’s on an Israeli strike shortly after election day if Ahmadinejehad wins.


10 posted on 06/11/2009 12:06:10 PM PDT by pgkdan ( I miss Ronald Reagan!)
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To: SolidWood
All she needs is a sickle.
11 posted on 06/11/2009 12:06:32 PM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Schnucki

Hard to tell them apart most of the time anyway


12 posted on 06/11/2009 12:06:44 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Schnucki

Whoever wins this really doesn’t matter, because the President of Iran really doesn’t have any power. It’s strange how the MSM pays so much attention to this as if the President of Iran somehow DOES have some power over the country of Iran.


13 posted on 06/11/2009 12:06:50 PM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (Conservatives obey the rules. Leftists cheat. Who probably has the political advantage?)
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To: Schnucki

“Death to the government of lies”. Long live the Green Revolution!


14 posted on 06/11/2009 12:07:38 PM PDT by Blue State Insurgent (She is our Joan of Arc and we are her Guardian Captains.)
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To: Schnucki

Thank you satan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqALdkTArqs


15 posted on 06/11/2009 12:16:07 PM PDT by skooldayz
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To: Schnucki


I won't know what to think about this election until Jimmy tells me what to think.
16 posted on 06/11/2009 12:16:26 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Blue State Insurgent

If Arachmaloonyjad uses Obama’s Marxist symbol too he is sure to lose. LOL!!!


17 posted on 06/11/2009 12:55:07 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: Schnucki

“the hardline leader has even appropriated Barack Obama’s slogan ‘Yes we can”?
You sure these two near identical ass clowns didn’t come up with it together or that even our “magic negro” didn’t appropriate it from i’manutjob?


18 posted on 06/11/2009 1:18:00 PM PDT by Joe Boucher
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To: Schnucki

So then the rival is married to a James Brown in drag?


19 posted on 06/11/2009 3:58:01 PM PDT by kinghorse
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To: xcamel
Hot Nazi chick bump.


20 posted on 06/11/2009 4:01:13 PM PDT by kinghorse
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To: xcamel

I guess what I’m saying is why glorify their faux free election. The mooolah picks the players. Of course the way things are going in the US, we don’t have much to crow about ourselves.


21 posted on 06/11/2009 4:03:29 PM PDT by kinghorse
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To: Joe Boucher
Obama stole it from one of his main voter blocks, the illegal alien criminal invading insurgent colonists from south of the border.

It's a La Raza thing

Si se puede.

Yes we can sneak into the USA and take it over from the inside.

22 posted on 06/11/2009 4:08:26 PM PDT by Syncro
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To: kinghorse

Seems you’re having a hard time with the difference between reality and fantasy.


23 posted on 06/11/2009 4:14:54 PM PDT by xcamel (The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. - H. L. Mencken)
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To: skooldayz

Ask the doctor to up your meds ...


24 posted on 06/11/2009 4:19:10 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: xcamel

Yeah well at least I’m not posting stuff to try and soften opinions against a culture that publicly demands America’s collective death.


25 posted on 06/11/2009 5:06:56 PM PDT by kinghorse
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To: johnthebaptistmoore

The President does have a bit of power domestically and economically, but in terms of foreign policy and natl secuirty, little, if any.

The real issue though is that the President is a reflection of Khameini and the other mullahs.

They may see dumping Ahmadinejad as a smart move. They could think it would buy them a new lease on life from the US and the EU, that everyone would feel good about Iran, and that any chance at sanctions or whatever would be over.

Mousavi winning would a be a huge boost for Obama, make it look like he toppled Ahmadinejad.

But you’re right that the real power lies with Khameini. Perhaps, though, Khameini has also lost favor and there will be a genuine popular turning to Mousavi, too large to contain.

Not that this Mousavi guy is all taht much different. He seems to just have nicer manners and a better presentation. But on all they key issues, he’s no different.


26 posted on 06/11/2009 5:13:47 PM PDT by jeltz25
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To: pgkdan

Doesn’t matter which one wins. Iranians are just fooling themselves if they think they will have better government if the other guy wins. Their candidates have to be approved by the Mullahs, so a candidate that doesn’t toe the Jihadi line doesn’t get picked. Both of these candidates are nutjobs.


27 posted on 06/11/2009 5:32:17 PM PDT by calex59
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To: Schnucki

In another article:

“Earlier this week, Ahmadinejad insisted that inflation stood at 15 percent - lower than the 25 percent widely reported by financial officials. On Tuesday, Ahmadinejad admitted that inflation was 25 percent.”

Ahmadinejad needs to work on his double speak, Obama is much better. Obama could claim 15% inflation, admit 25% inflation, but claim he saved Iran from 35% inflation -all in the same speech.


28 posted on 06/11/2009 5:32:24 PM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: FARS; AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; blueyon; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...

Note: this topic is from June 11, 2009. Blast from the Past.
29 posted on 06/28/2010 5:23:17 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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